Cover for a Smallsword Hilt

Leather, silk, paper, ink | 19.4in | c. 1780

Unknown Artist

Leather bags of this kind were intended as covers to protect the hilts of smallswords, the ubiquitous side-arm of the eighteenth-century gentleman. These covers, called "hoods" in English documents, were provided by the sword cutler, or fourbisseur, ...
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